Author Information

Author Name:

Laurie Markle

Author School:



Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Ground Balls

Field Position:

Offense, Defense, Midfield

Drill Style:

Conditioning, Skill

Time Needed:

5 min

Field Location:


Skill Level:




Use physical fitness to work on ground ball pickups.

Description of Drill-Execution

Start by placing 5 balls on the 10 yard line and 5 balls on the 15 yard line. Players start on the end line. On the whistle the players run out and pick up the ball on the 10 yard line, return the ball to the starting line, and run to pick up the ball on the 15 yard line. Players go until all balls have been picked up.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Ground Balls
  2. Conditioning
  3. Pivots

Variations/Progression/Increased difficulty (As your players improve their skills incorporate the following…)

You extend the length of the sprints and decrease the number of balls. You can have them do it with a partner so they can get a rest in between sprints.